Miyako

9 of 21 spots
in Sanriku Coast
Jodogahama Beach along Miyako's eastern coast
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Miyako City (宮古) in Iwate Prefecture was one of the northernmost cities to suffer devastating damage from the 2011 Tsunami. The rising waters swept across many of the city's coastal districts, destroying homes, businesses, port facilities and a vast majority of the local fishing fleet. Some of the tsunami's most unforgettable videos were filmed in Miyako, depicting a huge black swell overtaking the seawall protecting the town and sweeping boats and cars and everything in its path along with it.

Miyako is known for its beautiful coastline, especially the popular Jodogahama Beach on a scenic peninsula just north of the city center. Tourist facilities around the beach were heavily damaged, but after three years the seaside promenades have been replaced and improved and the sightseeing attractions fully reopened.

Jodogahama Beach (more details)
Beach always open
Located just outside central Miyako, Jodogahama Beach is a beautiful pebble beach surrounded by jagged, rocky outcroppings. The popular outdoor destination is ranked among Japan's top one hundred beaches and swimming spots and can get crowded in summer. Sightseeing boats depart from docks near the beach to explore the cliffs and a half submerged cave along the bay, while longer cruise ships travel to scenic parts of the Sanriku Coast north of the beach.

Miyako Fish Market (more details)
Hours: 6:30 to 17:30
Closed: Wednesdays
Admission: Free
The Miyako Fish Market is packed tightly with rows of vendors selling all sorts of local fish, seafood, vegetables and prepared foods at very reasonable prices. There is also a small section where local farmers can sell their produce directly to market visitors.

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Get There and Around

By train

Infrequent local trains on the JR Yamada Line operate between Morioka and Miyako stations. The one way trip takes about two hours, and costs 1940 yen. Trains depart every two to three hours.

By bus

Iwateken Kotsu operates hourly buses between Morioka and Miyako. The one way trip takes about two hours and costs 2030 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 3650 yen and must be used within seven days.

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Page last updated: July 23, 2016